Putin slams Russia ban | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 11, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 11, 2019

Putin slams Russia ban

The Kremlin is blaming political chicanery, not its own sports officials, after doctored laboratory data resulted in a ban that means Russia will appear on the global sports stage without its flag or anthem for the next four years.

In the latest twist to the country’s continuing doping scandal, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday handed Russia a four-year ban from top international sporting events. Russia’s response, from President Vladimir Putin downwards, has been defiant and lacking in contrition.

“I think there is every grounds to suppose that the basis for such decisions is not a care about the purity of international sport, but political considerations which have nothing to do with the interest of sport or the Olympic movement,” Putin said.

 

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